Once you become pregnant, your body goes through so many crazy changes. One of the changes I remember so well was what happened to my skin. I experienced so many changes that I shared a few of them below.
I had “The Glow” around the second trimester. I was feeling better and the extra blood flow and hormones were racing through my body. During pregnancy, your body will produce extra oil in your skin giving it a shiny appearance, hence “The Glow”.
The Pregnancy Mask
It’s not a special facial or skincare product, the pregnancy mask, or Melasma, can be a common skin problem during pregnancy. It causes brown to gray-brown patches on the face. Brown spots appeared all over my checks and forehead during the end of my pregnancy since it was summer time. The best advice is to remember to wear sunscreen when you’re out. This may help, but it’s the hormones that seem to trigger this skin change.
As your body grows and expands to make room for your baby, so does your skin. Many pregnant women find stretch marks on their breasts and their bellies. My stretch marks were on the side of my hips and thighs.
Applying lotions that contain vitamin E and alpha-hydroxy acids have been said to help in the prevention of stretch marks*. These remedies have not been medically proven to have a direct effect on stretch marks*, but it never hurts to try.
If you find that nothing is working for you, take comfort in knowing that these streaks will fade as mine did over time*.
Pimples and Acne
If you had acne problems growing up, you may find your acne flares up during pregnancy. Your extra hormones in your body cause your oil glands to secrete more oil, which can cause breakouts*.
I seem to have had more breakouts in my last trimester because I probably was too tired to wash my face. If possible, try to keep up with your cleansing routine. You can use a mild or all-natural cleanser, but don’t over cleanse or your skin will be too dry and breakouts will occur. Make sure you use an all-natural astringent (not medicated) to help with the excess oil and follow up with a moisturizer.
Varicose veins are bluish veins that usually appear on the legs during pregnancy. This happens because your body is compensating for the extra blood flow that is going to your baby*.
My varicose veins appeared behind my knees on the back of my legs. You may help prevent or decrease the symptoms by watching your weight gain during pregnancy. Also, don’t stand or sit for long periods of time to help keep the blood flowing. I used to lie on my bed and put my feet in the air to help with circulation, as well.
*This post is sponsored by vitaMedMD, a division of TherapeuticsMD. I received compensation in exchange for writing this article. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own and I do not have any relationship to the companies or brands I suggest.
*American Academy of Dermatology